The weather has turned; the yard is green, which indicates it's time for the Gaylord Hospital Open. The yearly tournament at the Farms Golf Club in Wallingford brings adaptive playing golf to the green. Golf enthusiasts with handicaps from all over the area concerned bet a day of competition and friendship.
"I love just coming out here and doing this, having fun with these men," said Todd Blosser, from Meriden, who lost his leg 10 years earlier after an infection from an operation.
The event is placed on by Gaylord Hospital's Sports Association and it's developed to empower adaptive athletes of all ability levels.
"Some golfers are amputees, have spine injuries, terrible brain injuries, stroke patients," stated Katie Joly, the program supervisor from the Sports Association, of the various impairments the golf enthusiasts overcome to hit a birdie. "These guys are out here and they can meeting the ball, as good or better than exactly what we would called an 'able-bodied golf enthusiast.'".
After meeting the fairway, John Redfield, an ideal leg amputee who lost his leg in a motorbike crash 25 years ago added, "My main message is that you can do anything you did in the past, don't let disabilities specify you.".